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Announcements from thegradcafe team about the site and forum.

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Comments, Questions, Etc.

Ask your questions about this site, e.g. the forum and results system here.

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City Guide

Ask the Cafe goers about a town or campus.

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IHOG: International House of Grads

A place for international students to come together. Sorry, no pancakes.

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The Lobby

What can I get you? Chit-chat here!

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The April 15th is this week! Freak-out forum.

  1. 2006 Archive,
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You're not the only one who is confused as heck. If you have questions about how to accept or decline an offer, this is the place for you.

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  1. GRE/GMAT/etc,
  2. Interviews and Visits,
  3. Letters of Recommendation,
  4. Statement of Purpose, Personal History, Diversity,
  5. Writing Samples

Transcripts, GREs, Statements, Oh My!

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Waiting it Out

No, checking your mail ten more times a day won't get the notice there any faster.

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Decisions, Decisions

You've got some admits, now what? How do you decide between schools? Are you really making the right decision?

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The Bank

Assistantships, Fellowships, Scholarships, etc.

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Meet and Greet

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Meet other newbies enrolling at the same school you are.

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Officially Grads

Now that you're in, what about relocating, school supplies, housing, Grad Life, etc.

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Coursework, Advising, and Exams

What do I take? What about my grades? What about my *$%^ advisor? What about comps/quals/becoming ABD?

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How do I pick a research topic? Organize my notes? Find data? Pick which lab to join? Ask and answer questions about how to do research here.

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I have a TA position, now what?

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Writing, Presenting and Publishing

This is the place to discuss writing (theses, conference and journal papers, etc.), presenting (powerpoint, LaTeX/Beamer??) and publishing.

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Whoa. You're about to graduate. What now?!?!

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Applied Sciences & Mathematics

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Interdisciplinary Studies

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Life Sciences

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Physical Sciences

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    Just woke up at 4am to find the New Email light blinking on my phone. I get admission decision mails pretty late in the night due to the time difference. The little preview thing tells me it's from Malta Kharmis starting with the word "Greetings!". Heart racing, I open the email. And I find, "Friendship is like a journey that starts at forever and ends at never...". FML.

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      18 Apr

    Have been looking for a tiny part time job I can hold down while in school with zero luck for months now. And lo and behold, in the past two days, I get four offers back to back... It's kind of like that same feeling like you've at the bus stop for an half an hour to only see three empty buses come at the same time...yeah, just like that..

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      18 Apr
    Gnome Chomsky

    How the hell is my phone gonna auto correct a number? I understand misspellings but c'mon. I wanted to say, "It costs $250." It changed it to, "It costs $$10,000-250,000."

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